Math Dept meeting
January 17, 2014
1500--160
M-802
Present: Boyes, Davidson, Felver, Kovacs, Noffsinger, Papin (by phone), Stemmann, Steverson, Thoo, Wardlaw
Minutes
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1) Introduced Lewis Felver, an adjunct instructor who has a temporary full-time assignment this semester.
2) Discussed a mock up of the Fall 2014 schedule of classes. At the end of Fall 2013 we received word that, beginning Fall 2014, Yuba College would be going to a "block schedule" in which the goal is for all classes across the College to be held during the same blocks of time.
Here are the blocks of time established by the College.
Block Scheduling: Pilot Fall 2014
Here is the Fall 2014 schedule of mathematics classes upon which we decided.
Mathematics Schedule: Proposed Fall 2014
In coming up with the mathematics schedule, we decided that
a) Math 1A should be offered over as many days a week as possible. In trying to keep with the spirit of the College block schedule not to offer classes on Fridays unless they are classes that meet once a week, we decided to offer Math 1A on Monday (50 minutes), Tuesday (75 minutes), Wednesday (50 minutes), and Thursday (75 minutes). We decided to have the shorter period (50 minutes) on Monday because we tend to have Monday holidays. Also, there should be a morning Math 1A so that students may take engineering in the afternoon.
b) We should not offer Math 1A at SCC in the fall semester because we offer two sections at Msvl in the fall; instead, we should offer Math 1A at SCC in the spring semester because we offer only one section at Msvl in the spring.
c) Math 1C should be offered on Tuesday and Thursday, instead of Monday and Wednesday, because we tend to have Monday holidays. Also, Math 1C should be in the morning so that students may take chemistry laboratory in the afternoon.
d) We should offer some sections of Math 20 and 21 in the morning to allow students to take chemistry classes. Also, Math 20 and 21 should not conflict in time so that students may take both classes.
e) We should not offer Math 21 at SCC in the fall semester because Math 21 is offered on ITV in the fall. Likewise, we should not offer Math 20 at SCC in the spring semester because Math 20 is offered on ITV in the spring.
f) The statistics instructors will develop the schedule for Stat 1 and send that to Kristi Page as soon as possible.
3) Boyes gave an update on SLOs.
a) Boyes noted that most of the classes no longer use multiple-choice questions for the cSLO assessment.
b) She proposed that we adopt 65% as the threshold for "success." Everyone supported this.
c) For the March Department meeting, we should be prepared to begin working on the Math 50 cSLOs as a group. We should also be prepared to sign up to develop cSLOs for the singleton courses. Boyes suggested that those of us who teach particular singletons most often may sign up to develop cSLOs for those courses, therefore, working in small groups. This would speed up the development of cSLOs for all of our courses.
d) Steverson asked, when reporting on cSLO assessment results, if it would be worthwhile to distinguish between a zero score with no attempt and a zero score with some attempt. The thought was that knowing that a number of students did not even attempt a problem may suggest that the assessment question was poor. No one objected to distinguishing between the two different zeros. It remains for us to decide how we would ask that this difference be reported.
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